Tips for Autumn’s Rhythm

As the days are getting cooler, things are changing within your own inner environment as well, as the energy of this season is so different from that of summer. This outer and inner change brings a shift in rhythm of life, to feel and adjust to. Autumn is an opportunity to reconnect with some simple daily practices to nourish and ground the Body-Mind.

Here are some tips to stay balanced during Autumn and early Winter:

  1. Focus on a warming, nourishing diet, with oils and ghee, with spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cumin. Have warm foods like porridge, stewed apple, pancakes, soups, stews, chapattis, kitchadi and warm herbal teas.  Minimize all dry, rough, cold foods eg raw foods, dry muesli, crackers, popcorn, caffeine and cold sandwiches.
  2.  Take extra care of your skin due to Vata’s drying nature. Ground yourself with a daily self-massage with a warm sesame oil.
  3. Keep to regular meal times with lunch as your main meal, and a smaller dinner eaten as early as possible.
  4. Minimise stimulants (caffeine & alcohol, TV / computer time, excess travel – particularly air travel, and loud noise)

We suggest the following helpful herbs/oils for autumn/ winter:

  • Nasya Oil is a combination of herbs base of sesame. Used to lubricate the inside of the nose, it is very soothing to mucous membranes, useful for hay fever and sinus problems and other tissues of the nose that can have dryness in autumn.
  • Trikatu  contains 3 warming and stimulating herbs that are used in Ayurveda to enhance the “digestive fire” and reduce toxic build-up in the digestive tract. Trikatu promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination. It strengthens the body by improving assimilation of nutrients in the digestive tract and promoting enhanced liver function.
  • Arthro Oil  has a wonderful mix of herbs for arthritis. For some people, the cooling season brings more than colourful leaves, bringing an increase in pain, when old injuries and arthritis start to act up making one stiff and sore, rub Arthro Oil on joints for pain relief.
  • Mustard Oil  Cold pressed yellow mustard oil is considered best amongst mustard seed oils for medicinal use. It is antibacterial, antifungal and anti-carcinogenic, relieves inflammation and pain, Mustard oil is a rich source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (PUFA and MUFA respectively). It is also rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. So it is good oil for self-massage in winters and wonderful for cooking.
  • Dashamula (ten roots), a warming and grounding herb, is a combination of ten roots and is used to balance vata, and immune and nervous system stability.